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LS1419 English for Employment 7.5 credits

Develop your language skills for successful communication when applying for work and other employment-related situations.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1419 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Oral activities to practice work-related communicative situations
Vocabulary and rhetoric in negotiations and discussions
Oral presentation techniques
CVs and cover letters, formal letters, e-mail and other business-related written communication
Overview of communication strategies for the culturally heterogeneous workplace
Discussions using authentic material to increase the understanding of current topics within technology and natural sciences (for example research ethics, sustainable development, and technological breakthroughs)

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to develop the student's language proficiencies and global skills for efficient work-related communication.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

• participate actively in discussions, meetings and negotiations in multicultural workplaces and culturally heterogeneous groups

• explain and defend his/her opinions in work-related discussions

• identify differences in linguistic style between everyday and work-related communication, and adapt his/her oral and written production according to the audience

• write business letters and documents

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

This course focuses on specific skills in English. At the start of the course, the student should therefore have general English skills equivalent to at least level B2 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The students are responsible themselves to check their prior knowledge through a test taken before choosing the course.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LEXA - Continuous assessment, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

All course components passed. 75% attendance requirement

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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